Historical Resources Impact Assessment Lease No. 22 (ASA Permit No. 84-53)

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Stanley Van Dyke
Brian Reeves
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Syncrude Canada Ltd. contracted Lifeways of Canada Limited to carry out an Historical Resources Impact Assessment of their Bituminous Sands Lease No. 22 as a part of a continuing program of environmental research. Archaeological field studies were carried out over a 32 day period in July and August with a crew of six persons. The archaeological program consisted of the examination of river banks, terraces, outcrops, knolls, ridges, sand flats, relic landforms (i.e., glacial beach ridges), and aspen/spruce islands believed to exhibit elevation differences not apparent in existing contour mapping. In the course of the program, 7,608 shovel tests were excavated for the purpose of locating prehistoric sites. Approximately 33% of the level of effort was expended on the Clearwater Plain including the shore of the Athabasca River and the terraces adjacent to the Beaver River. An additional 33% of the level of effort involved shovel testing of the banks and associated terraces of the MacKay and Dover rivers in the western portion of the lease. The remainder of the effort was expended in areas on the Dover Plain, away from the latter drainages.